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    05-23-2010, 08:22 PM
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Brushing a Horse's Teeth

Now before I say anything, please don't laugh at me. Lol.

I was looking at all of my babies teeth today just because I am paranoid about their every constant body part, and I realized how nasty their teeth were.

Their teeth are healthy and besides the gunk they are white. I just hate having to look at all of that mess whenever they yawn or neigh or whatever.


Soooooo....my question is, would it be logical to brush my horses' teeth? Or would that be a disaster / unhealthy?


Also, if I could brush their teeth, should I just use a soft, damp toothbrush?



Lol. I feel so dumb asking this. But, I brush my dog's teeth so. Lol.
     
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    05-23-2010, 08:27 PM
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What you're feeding them has a big outcome on how their teeth look.

Sweet feeds generally cause more gunk, tartar, whatever. Keep in mind that their teeth also turn colors based on what they eat--so if their food is darker it might look worse than it is.

I'm actually surprised that Ice's teeth don't look too bad.

But to answer your question, I would not recommend brushing. There is a reason, I just can't remember why.
     
    05-23-2010, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by justsambam08    
What you're feeding them has a big outcome on how their teeth look.

Sweet feeds generally cause more gunk, tartar, whatever. Keep in mind that their teeth also turn colors based on what they eat--so if their food is darker it might look worse than it is.

I'm actually surprised that Ice's teeth don't look too bad.

But to answer your question, I would not recommend brushing. There is a reason, I just can't remember why.
I never knew that. :) As soon as all of the grass grows back on the pasture they are going on some simple grain, but during the winter they go on sweet feed (and they still are right now).
     
    05-23-2010, 08:56 PM
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They most likely don't need to get any grain at all but I wouldn't bother brushing thier teeth.
     
    05-23-2010, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
They most likely don't need to get any grain at all but I wouldn't bother brushing thier teeth.
You think so? I have three that are actively competing, so I'd like them to get some protein. Two are constantly being rode by kids, me, and anyone else that comes along and wants to ride, but then the rest probably could just live off of hay and Bermuda grass.
     
    05-23-2010, 09:46 PM
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Green Broke
I wouldn't recommend brushing with commercial pastes and the such but I have on occasion gently brushed out sweet feeds and the such with a softer brush or alfalfa pieces and the such just before a show. I have known judges to take a look at teeth as a tie breaker.

I use a soft small headed brush intended for toddlers because it's easier to aim at little pieces and you want to watch not to get their gums too much because they aren't used to it and it can cause small scratches on them that can lead to infection.

If you aren't showing then there isn't any real reason to do so and if you are concerned with your horses teeth then just make sure your vet checks them well each time they vaccinate the horse...that is the only real precaution you need.
     
    05-23-2010, 09:47 PM
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Weanling
I was watching one of Cherry Hill's DVD's yesterday, and she mentioned how brushing a horses teeth to get the wads of hay out before administering oral medication was helpful. It makes it harder for them to spit anything out.

I would imagine that regular brushing would make teeth floating not such a traumatic experience as well.
     
    05-24-2010, 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Tennessee    
You think so? I have three that are actively competing, so I'd like them to get some protein. Two are constantly being rode by kids, me, and anyone else that comes along and wants to ride, but then the rest probably could just live off of hay and Bermuda grass.
How hard are the kids riding the horses? Just because they are moving doesn't mean they are working very hard. What are you competing in? I can use a horse pretty hard before it needs grain.

I wouldn't bother with brushing a horses teeth. I've never seen a horse that had rotten teeth. They wear down as a horse ages until they are eventually in pretty sad shape but it rarely effects thier health.
     
    05-24-2010, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
How hard are the kids riding the horses? Just because they are moving doesn't mean they are working very hard. What are you competing in? I can use a horse pretty hard before it needs grain.

I wouldn't bother with brushing a horses teeth. I've never seen a horse that had rotten teeth. They wear down as a horse ages until they are eventually in pretty sad shape but it rarely effects thier health.
Not very hard. When I trail ride on them I push them quite a bit.

I compete in barrel racing, pole bending, straight a way, and cutting.

We compete once a week, but sometimes we skip a week, and usually they are being lightly/moderately rode during the week.
     
    05-24-2010, 01:38 PM
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Trained
They probably need some grain then. Sweet feed is mostly rolled oats or barley and a little corn with some molasses poured onto it. The main reason for the molasses is so that lower quality grain can be used and it's still palatable. I like to just feed a rolled barley and corn mix when I feed grain. Any feed mill will sell it to you and it's generally cheaper.

Sweet feed isn't going to rot your horses teeth anyway.
     

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